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Russia: 'Russophobes among Kiev authorities' – Putin at annual press conference07:49

Russia: 'Russophobes among Kiev authorities' – Putin at annual press conference

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 20, 2018 at 10:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the unstable situation in Ukraine will continue as long as there are "Russophobes among the Kiev authorities", speaking at his annual press conference at the World Trade Centre in Moscow, Thursday.

Responding to a question about Donbass, he also pointed out “We want peace and prosperity on the whole Ukrainian territory, particularly in Donbass.”

The Russian leader also said that the Kerch Strait incident was a success for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko since his ratings have gone up ever since the episode in the Black Sea.

This year, a record 1,702 Russian and international journalists were accredited for Putin’s annual press conference, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov. It lasted 3 hour 43 minutes, and Vladimir Putin answered questions from 53 media representatives.

The 2008 press conference is still the longest ever – at four hours and 40 minutes. Putin answered 106 questions during that event. The second longest presser was in 2012, lasting four hours and 33 minutes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the unstable situation in Ukraine will continue as long as there are "Russophobes among the Kiev authorities", speaking at his annual press conference at the World Trade Centre in Moscow, Thursday.

Responding to a question about Donbass, he also pointed out “We want peace and prosperity on the whole Ukrainian territory, particularly in Donbass.”

The Russian leader also said that the Kerch Strait incident was a success for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko since his ratings have gone up ever since the episode in the Black Sea.

This year, a record 1,702 Russian and international journalists were accredited for Putin’s annual press conference, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov. It lasted 3 hour 43 minutes, and Vladimir Putin answered questions from 53 media representatives.

The 2008 press conference is still the longest ever – at four hours and 40 minutes. Putin answered 106 questions during that event. The second longest presser was in 2012, lasting four hours and 33 minutes.

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